HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


July 5, 2012


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~  

Curriculum Change Goes into Effect

The new curriculum description law went into effect July 1, 2012. Any parent who complies with §22.1-254.1 by filing a Notice of Intent or writing a letter to the local superintendent, must file a description of curriculum.


In past years, parents had to supply descriptions that included various elements of the superintendent’s choosing–detailed course descriptions, outlines, textbook titles, methods of instruction, tables of contents, or scope and sequences. Now the description of curriculum is limited to a list of subjects to be studied during the coming year.


HEAV has notified all district superintendents by letter about Notice of Intent the law change. If your superintendent requests additional information from you when you submit your Notice of Intent, please respectfully inform his office that the curriculum description has been clarified and the new law, §22.1-254.1(B), went into effect July 1. If you have supplied additional information in the past, you are no longer required to do so.


HEAV also has an updated Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction form available for download here.


Save money. Support HEAV. Get great benefits.
Your membership helps continue the work of HEAV, and gives you special benefits! Here are just a few:

  • Teacher ID Cards – Many retailers will honor your “Teacher ID” with reduced prices.
  • Free 8×10 Portrait – Living Story Photography offers HEAV members one FREE photo session along with a FREE 8×10 portrait!
  • 25% Tuition Discount at Regent University – Regent also offers the Early College Program which gives students the chance to take college courses while still in high school.
  • 10% to 40% Discount on Magazines! – God’s World News, World Magazine, and Creation Illustrated are among those who offer discounted rates to HEAV members.
  • Sam’s Club Gift Card – Receive a $20 gift card when you join or renew a Sam’s Club Advantage Plus membership plan, or a $10 gift card when you join or renew a Sam’s Club Business membership.
  • Discounts on TranscriptPro and Transcript Boot Camp on DVD, CollegePlus!, College-in-the-Bag, and Auralog’s Tell Me More Homeschool Version.
  • And Many Other Benefits!

Memberships start at just $35 a year. Check out all the benefits of being an HEAV member and join today!


Time Is Running Out! – Take the Convention Survey Today!

If you have already filled out the survey for this year’s convention, THANK YOU! We value your feedback, which helps us to plan and improve the convention each year. If you attended the convention, but haven’t filled out the survey yet, please take a moment now to fill it out! Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated.   


To say thanks, we’ll be giving away one (1) three-day convention registration with two nights at the Marriott Hotel, and two (2) three-day convention registrations for next year’s convention! Winners will be selected from survey participants and will be notified by August 1, 2012.


Missed the Convention? Workshops will be recorded

Get the MP3! 

The 2012 convention is now available in MP3 format. Download it directly from the Resounding Voice website, or order the CD. Learn more and order today! MP3s/CDs of individual workshops are also available. Don’t forget to download the MP3 guide and speaker handouts to get the most out of the workshops!


*Transcript Boot Camp, Film Camp, Tedd Tripp’s keynote, and Dr. Catherine Millard’s workshops were not recorded.


Complimentary MP3s Now Available
If you have a “We’re Sorry This Workshop is Full” coupon for a complimentary MP3, you can use the password on your coupon to download your workshop session at www.heav.org/login.


Don’t Have a Coupon?
If you had to leave a workshop to attend to your child or baby, you may request a complimentary workshop MP3 for the workshop you missed. Contact the office (office@heav.org) to get the access code.


MP3 Guide Now Available!

The downloadable MP3 guide makes finding the workshops you want easy. Plus, be sure to download the speaker handouts in order to get the most out of the workshops!


Each participant who completed a workshop evaluation form at the convention was entered into a drawing for our “Education Begins at Home” tote bag. 

The winners are KIM HANSEN and JUSTIN DEWALD!  Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who completed an evaluation form. This helps us greatly in planning the 2013 Convention.    

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


Mike Huckabee Says “Celebrate Our Independence with Your Children!”

Mike Huckabee’s Learn Our History animated DVDs are a great way to get your kids excited about American history!  ! Now, you can enjoy the latest DVD, “Election Day: Choosing Our President” and get a FREE Bonus DVD plus 6 more FREE GIFTS when you preview the series today!

Click here to claim your FREE History DVD and 6 FREE Gifts!

Science Shepherd

Science Shepherd – Take the FEAR out of Teaching Science!

Science Shepherd high school Biology and middle school Life Science were written by homeschoolers, for homeschoolers. Both programs feature fully integrated laboratory experiences, parent guides, examinations and answer keys for all exam and chapter questions. Biology has optional DVDs, including all labs with answers/demonstration of all findings.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

HOMESCHOOL NEWS AND REMINDERSJamestown's Uncovered Treasures


Pick of the Month


Jamestown’s Uncovered Treasures by Judy M. Brown

Jamestown’s Uncovered Treasures allows your child to enjoy truly imaginative, entertaining stories, while learning a lot about the first permanent English settlement in the New World.


The book contains a series of short stories about the early years of the Jamestown Colony. Although the stories are fiction, the characters are real and the stories include many true historical facts. Each story centers on a real artifact uncovered by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists from the site of the James Fort, and the facts related in the book come from maps, journals, and letters taken from a series of books.


Buy now and save 27% off the retail price! Special, member price is $7.99. Non-member price is $8.75. Get your copy today!


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


Yvonne Bunn at New River Valley Christian Home Educators Resource Night  

Looking Back: What I Would Do Differently

Christiansburg, Thursday, July 26, 2012

 Thursday, July 26, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. After homeschooling her now-adult children from K-12, Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support, has experience with different teaching styles and many types of homeschool courses and curricula. She has listened to a multitude of stories and answered thousands of homeschool questions while working for more than 20 years with HEAV.

Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support

Combining her personal experience with many years of HEAV counseling, Yvonne has learned what really works for homeschool success. Looking back, she would have done some things differently. You can gain from her experience and make your homeschool even better!


-Identify the seeds of destruction that can undermine your homeschool from day one!

-Understand the benefits of working with your child’s individuality.

-Learn how to implement important teaching strategies.

-Find out how to use curriculum as a tool, not as your master.

-Know the best sources of help without feeling guilty.

-Discover the secrets of homeschool success.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~


Article of the Week

Cumbered About – Maribeth Spangenberg

As a homeschooling mom of nine, Maribeth discusses her situation. She has her hands full, to say the least, juggling household chores for a large family and lesson management for a crowd. But don’t miss the joyous call of, “Mom, ya gotta come down and see the fort we made.” Don’t miss that last part when you feel stretched to–or beyond–your limits! Read more of this busy mom’s continuous balancing act, so much like the Bible’s account of Mary and Martha.


Homeschool Q&A

Testing Low in One Section

Q. I’m in a panic! My student scored below the 23rd percentile on one section of a standardized test. What should I do?

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~  

1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items  
1.1 CHANGE (formerly CHANCE) Co-op Registration Party – Louisa – Deadline and Event Are July 10

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~   

2) General Interest Items 

View All General Interest Items


2.1 Camp Joshua: Teen Pro-Life Boot Camp – Staunton – August 3-5

2.2 More Pro-Life Boot Camps – Multiple States – Multiple Dates
2.3 Beekeeping Grant for Virginians


 ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Mission Network News
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Affordably Printing Coupons at Home
3.3 Preschool: Activities for Your 13-Month-Old
3.4 Health and Science: Poisonous Plants and Rashes
3.5 English: Free Field Trip Guide, Notebooking Pages, or Vacation Scrapbooks

3.6 Gardening: Worm Compost Bin

3.7 Patriotic Coloring Pages

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ 

4) Parting Thought – “What the Fourth of July Means to Me”

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July

 – Ronald Reagan

The above excerpt is from an article written by Ronald Reagan for Independence Day 1981. According to aide his aide, Michael Deaver, this piece was among the many speeches and articles–contrary to popular belief–that Reagan wrote himself. Read the whole essay here.


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

5) Worth Repeating   

“God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness…”

– John Hancock (1737-1793), a Founding Father and noted signer of the Declaration of Independence. Read a short biographical sketch at ushistory.org. Note the wealth of additional resources in the sidebar and other spots on the pages. Note: Ads are mixed in, so be discerning.


~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
6) Verse of the Week        

Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. 

– Psalm 85:9

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~~


Forward this e-mail to a Friend

If you know a family interested in homeschooling in Virginia, please pass this message along!

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~~

Your membership support and tax-deductible gifts help us continue to promote and protect homeschooling in Virginia. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Thank you for your support!

HEAV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Upon written request, a financial statement is available from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
Submit an Item
Know of an event, contest, or resource of interest to fellow homeschoolers? Please submit it using our online form at http://heav.org/events/event-submission-form/
Note: We compile information for publication at least two weeks prior to the send-out date, so please submit items as early as possible (preferably one month in advance). HEAV reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~
The Virginia Homeschool Update is produced by Maya Barnes (graphics & layout), Kathleen Dillie (manager & copy editor), Chris (editor), Anne Miller (publications advisor), Karen Sweeney (content editor), Arielle Potter (copy writer & editor), and Maureen Bittner (publications & marketing director).

HEAV does not necessarily endorse the above-mentioned resources, nor guarantee the accuracy of information found on any external resource we may mention. If you find anything wrong on our website, please let us know so we can correct it.

HEAV diligently researches each link prior to publication. However, we recommend you, the parent, fully examine websites before allowing your children to surf them without supervision.

Copyright © 2012 by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. All rights reserved. You are free to pass along all or part of this Update, but please include the following credit line when you do: “Taken by permission from HEAV’s Virginia Homeschool Update, a free newsletter for Virginia homeschoolers. You can sign up to receive this publication at www.heav.org.” You may modify this credit line if needed, but please credit HEAV and link to the HEAV website (www.heav.org).

Home Educators Association of Virginia


Join us on Facebook!Twitter 
Note: Your membership and donations to HEAV enable us to continue monitoring legislation and help us to guard and promote homeschooling freedoms.

Not a member? Join today!

Donate to HEAV now.